Announcing the NMIN HQP Network Leadership Team

The NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN) is pleased to introduce the inaugural Executive Committee of its Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Network – the NMIN HQP Network (NHN).

The NHN Executive Committee is comprised entirely of NMIN HQP, and plays a leadership role in the planning and realization of NMIN’s HQP programs, activities and other opportunities.

Its inaugural members are:

Ka-Yee Grace Choi

Chair, President

University of British Columbia

Grace is a postdoctoral fellow supervised by NMIN researcher Dr. Robert Hancock. Her research focuses on the development of alternative/ adjunctive treatments to protect against antibiotic resistant organisms.

Sams Sadat

Vice-President

University of Alberta

Sams is a PhD candidate supervised by NMIN researcher Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar. His research interests include pharmaceutics, drug delivery, and vaccine formulation using biomaterial-based nanoparticles.

Morgan Alford

Communications Director

University of British Columbia

Morgan is a PhD candidate supervised by NMIN researcher Dr. Robert Hancock. Her research is focused on understanding bacterial pathogenesis and developing novel therapies for treatment of infections in the context of respiratory diseases.

Quinn Matthews

Events Director

University of Toronto

Quinn is an MSc candidate supervised by NMIN researcher Dr. Keith Pardee. His current research focuses on using lipid nanoparticles to improve CAR T cell therapy, a recently adopted and extremely effective cancer therapy.

Wesley Walker

Regional Director – Ontario

University of Toronto

Wesley is an MSc candidate supervised by NMIN researcher Dr. Gang Zheng. He is primarily interested in the development of novel photosensitizer formulations for use in photodynamic therapy, with a secondary focus on developing medical imaging contrast agents.

Jennyfer Zapata-Farfan

Regional Director – Quebec-Atlantic

Polytechnique Montréal

Jennyfer is a PhD candidate at Polytechnique Montreal, where she is supervised by NMIN researcher Dr. Michel Meunier, and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research expertise includes electronic instrumentation, biophotonics, optics, and nanoplasmonics applied in ocular gene therapy.

The mandate of the NMIN HQP Network (NHN) Executive Committee is to enhance research and professional networking opportunities for NMIN research trainees and new professionals.

NMIN’s inaugural NHN Executive Committee will serve for a one-year term. See their full profiles here.